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say chinese authorities aren't transparent about their spending. the u.s. and japan and other countries are concerned about china's military muscle. the chinese government has been more aggressive in its campaign to force the claim over disputed islands in the region. analysts say it is partly intended to keep other countries in check over the disputes. >>> analysts are sounding the alarm about the naval buildup. their annual white paper says recent actions by chinese authorities are a grave concern for east asia and the rest of the world. this year's report says china's defense budget increased by 30 times over the past 24 years. defense officials believe the growth is from building aircraft carriers and say chinese leaders are dispatching war ships more frequently to the south china sea and east china sea. the latter is home to the senkaku islands. which both china and taiwan claim. the wipe paper claims ownership. defense officials will submit the report to the cabinet and then release it to the public by the end of this month. public anger over the deployment of military a
use to back up their conclusion? >> a day after the accident a spokesperson for the nuclear regulatory agency said he couldn't deny the possibility of a meltdown, but the agency changes wording immediately after the prime minister's office asked to preapprove any statements about the accident. >> okay. >> and during the weeks that followed, the word meltdown just disappeared from the briefings. in fact, the agency spokesperson denied meltdown had even happened. ultimately, it took three month for authorities to admit a triple meltdown had occurred at fukushima. this raises the possibility of a government coverup. the panel also says, government officials failed to disclose important information on the spread of radioactive materials. they had data from forecasting system but they didn't pass the information on to local authorities and as a result, many evacuees were unnecessarily exposed to radiation. >> tell us a little bit more about what experts say led to the actual accident in fukushima. >> all right. the report is similar to the result of the investigation by the diet appointed p
nations involved, thereby, denying the united states an opportunity to intervene. but the u.s. has been pushing china to join a multi-lateral framework with asean claimants to draw up legally binding code of conducts. u.s. engagement with groups such as the asean regional forum reflects a shift in foreign policy under the obama administration. the asia-pacific is now the focus of american economic and military strategy. that means potential flash points including the south china sea are of increasing concern to washington, especially when it comes to the military presence of china. nhk world's anthony yazaki reports. >> reporter: u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton arrived in phnom penh on wednesday afternoon. the first item on the agenda was a meeting with the foreign minister from asean where they exchanged views on the region's most delicate topic, the territorial disputes over the south china sea. >> i ask in my country why i put so much emphasis on asean, i tell them we work with asean on issues of central importance to the united states from maritime security to economic growt
daiichi. government officials are calling on businesses and households to limit their energy use. how long will this heat wave last? let's bring in mai from our weather team, mai, what can you tell us? >> i can tell you this heat isn't going to go anywhere. it will remain for the rest of the work week across most of the country. the air, combined with the high, this is the western pacific high that crested across japan, across most of the country during our holiday three-day weekend and that gave us clear skies which means plenty of sunshine that hit the asphalt and heated up the asphalt, remaining those heat. so this combined brought us really record-breaking temperatures. for wednesday's high looking at temperatures you can see a lot of mid-30s. tokyo looking at 32 degrees. the western half still looking at surging, soaring hot heat. back to you. >> hot days ahead, mai, thanks for that. halfway around the world people in the united states are also sweating their way through a hot summer. record heat has triggered bone dry conditions. u.s. weather forecasters say the country is experienci
to deal with used ones because they don't emit much radioactivity. tepco staff are monitoring radiation levels and footage from under water camera to make sure they remove the right rod. they say the operation went smoothly and they'll take another one soon. they'll inspect the metal containers of the collected rods in late august to determine whether there is any corrosion or other damage. they want to begin extracting the remaining rods starting in december of 2013 but they still have to figure out to remove the more dangerous used fuel rods. experts argue tepco workers will face other challenges, for one they say the reactor four building wouldn't withstand a strong earthquake. on top of that, they point out crews will first need to clear the debris around the storage pool. >>> the fukushima accident forced operators to gradually shut down all of japan's nuclear reactors. the government decided last month to put two units put online at the ohi plant. the first reactor reached full operating capacity nine days ago. engineers just restarted the second one. the ohi plant operator say ro
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." naval defense crews from japan, the u.s. and australia are working together to prepare for one of the world's most dangerous natural disasters. they've held their first joint tsunami drill off hawaii aimed at saving lives should the monster waves strike. it's part of a u.s.-led multinational exercise. soldiers posed as civilians who had been swept away by a tsunami. divers from the three countries then took to the water and worked together to carry out a search operation. they used a boat to transfer the survivors to a japanese self-defense forces vessel. they provided first aid which included the use of oxygen masks. the drill is part of the rim xef exercise pacific exercise which happens every two years. rimpac began in 1971. the united states have been recently placing importance on humanitarian aid and disaster relief to encourage more nations to take part. a record 22 countries are participating this year. new additions include russia and india. china wasn't invited. analysts say the u.s. intends to use rimpac as one way to keep chin
: we used to be able to solve a conflict soon after it happened. but in recent years, it doesn't get solved right away. this has to do with america's back to asia policies. if the american back to asia attitude also accompanies actions, china's countermeasures will become larger. >> china is pursuing its maritime interests as a show of power with the united states also putting more emphasis on asia, it seems unlikely china will be prepared to back down. nhk world, beijing. >> reporter: that was china's stance, how will asean respond. as we heard there, china seems hard lined. what's the position of asean countries? >> the philippines and vietnam believe a confrontation with china is unwise and favor multilateral discussion through asean, japan, the united states and other countries have a voice at some asean meetings. they are against china expanding its maritime presence, the philippines, vietnam, especially won the backing of the united states. on monday asean foreign ministers are working on a code of conduct. the focus of the asean meeting on wednesday is whether china accept's a
, people in japan listen. he's one of the country's most influential politicians. now he's using that influence to shake up the ruling democratic party and threaten prime minister yoshihiko noda's political future. ozawa is bolting from the dpj, and he's taking 49 lawmakers with him. noda's plan to raise the consumption tax to offset japan's debt was the last straw. >> translator: we voted against raising the consumption tax based on our belief that there's much to be done before any tax hike. the democratic party, led by prime minister noda, is no longer the dpj that achieved an historic change of power. we're going back to the basics of what got us elected and have decided to leave the party to create a new type of politics in which the people can choose freely. >> ozawa has been critical of noda on a number of issues. the key point of contention is the prime minister's plan to hike the consumption tax from 5% to 10%. a majority of lower house lawmakers voted last week in favor of bills that would raise the consumption tax and change social security. ozawa and most of his follo
and went to new york in may. he spoke with us about his fears and hopes. alec hurst reports. >> translator: for six or seven years, he was under surveillance by the authorities. i was not even allowed to call my family. >> two months have passed since chen arrived in the united states as a visiting scholar at new york university. he lives there on campus with his family. he told us that human rights in china are detee you're rariorai china. >> translator: things are really bad now. my nephew is bei ining tortured. i don't know what is happening now. >> chen, who is blind is one of china's best known human rights activists. in april. he escaped from house arrest and sought protection inside the u.s. embassy in beijing. eventually, he was given a temporary visa. chen's escape came before a bilateral cabinet level meeting. neither country wanted the request overshadowing the summit. instead of being granted or denied asylum. chen was allowed to leave china to study inside the united states. chen's departure from china was facilitated by an organization called china aid. bob foo is it's founde
in the u.s. and europe. but for china, the april to june gdp figure marks a slowdown. the growth rate of its gross domestic product is below 8% for the first time in three years. it's been shrinking for the past six quarters. problems in europe and at home are to blame. the national bureau of statistics spokespersons says the figure is the lowest since the second quarter of 2009. that's when the global financial crisis pushed the growth rate below 7%. some analysts say the eurozone debt crisis is creating sluggish demand for chinese products, and that's weighing down on gdp. others cite weaker domestic demand because of uncertainties about the economy. national bureau of statistics spokesperson says the government is aiming to stop the economic slowdown. >> translator: the chinese government will continue to focus on steady growth, strengthening and adjusting the policies in a bid to maintain economic growth. >> chinese premier wen jiabao lowered the country's growth target in march to 7.5% based on the ill effects of rapid growth. the level is down from last year's 8%. the government
launch in april. it addresses american foreign policy noting the shift in u.s. emphasis towards the asia pacific, they say japan will seep to deepen defense ties in a way that fits the new security environment. the paper acknowledges the issue of u.s. military facilities in japan says the bases should maintain their deterrent role while reducing the burden on host communities. the defense report touch on the territorial dispute with south korea and describes a small group of islands as japanese territory, that prompted officials in seoul to launch a protest. the white paper reiterates it remains unresolved and restates japan's claims to the islands, south korean foreign ministry officials issued a statement in response. they say south korea alone exercises sovereignty over what they call the dokdos islands and urging the japanese government to take immediate corrective measures. he spoke about the meeting and explained japan's position and said the country cannot accept south korea's complaint. necessary newly declassified documents show that the u.s. offer to vacate bases in okinawa bef
is that the urgency of the situation sometimes forced us to contact the engineers because the cabinet had trouble accessing information about the kind of support they needed on the ground. >> hosono also said he believes the lack of a clear division between the roles of the government and tepco added to the confusion in the wake of the accident. >>> the u.s. labor department has just released the latest employment figures. the unemployment rate remains stable at 8.2% last month. but the number move to jobs outside the agricultural sector was lower than expected. the labor department says employers added 80,000 nonfarm jobs in june. that's approximately 20,000 less than analysts expected. employment in the manufacturing sector continued to edge up, but figures for mining, construction and retail remained at a standstill. >>> the international monetary fund chief has praised japan for raising the consumption tax but urged the country to make further efforts in restoring its fiscal health. christine lagarde spoke in tokyo on friday. she said japan needs to cut spending and further increases in taxes
for using its dominant position to loosen regulations. it also criticizes the utility for refusing to disclose information even after the disaster. the panel says workers at japan's nuclear regulatory agencies were no better. it evaluates their level of expertise as poor. it says the nuclear and industrial safety agency and the nuclear safety commission didn't maintain independence from pro-nuclear government bodies and didn't prioritize public safety. >>> nhk world's mitsuk mitsuko nishikawa has spent the day reading the report. you've read the script in detail. this diet appointed panel says fukushima daiichi accident clearly was a manmade disaster. how did member comes to that conclusion? >> well, they argue collusion between the government, tepco and nuclear regulators caused the accident. they point out all three groups showed a lack of governance. and they say they failed to correctly develop the most basic safety requirements. for example, assessing the probability of damage and developing evacuation plans. they say the disaster could have and should have foreseen and preven
the tsunami in contrast to the break wall at fukushima daiichi. the iaea experts hope to use their findings to strengthen the quake resistance of plants around the world. kaho izumatani of nhk world from onagawa. >> the operator of fukushima daiichi is trying to learn from the mistakes made during last year's disaster. the accident lowered public confidence in tokyo electric power company. tepco workers struggled to gather and provide information. the utility held its first large-scale emergency drill since march 2011 in an effort to make improvements. about 300 people, including the firm's new managers, took part in the exercise. tepco officials conducted the drill as if a magnitude 7.3 quake had struck beneath koto ward near tokyo bay. in the scenario, the tremor damaged power lines and substations. utility officials practiced confirming the situation at local thermal power plants. they also calculated electricity ly forecasts after a possible suspension of power. they used a video conferencing system to simulate how they would monitor the impact on the utility's two nuclear plants in fuk
the semiconductor unit with mitsubishi electric. they are focused on building lsi chips used in devices such as mobile phones and microcontrollers for cars and home electronics. then came last year's earthquake and tsunami. and floods in thailand prompted automakers to diversify their suppliers. in the end, renesas post a loss of $90 million in the term through march. in a bid to revitalize its business, renesas signed an agreement in may to outsource production to taiwan's tsmc and jointly develop products with them. but that wasn't enough. the firm now has to stream line its operations by consolidating plants and cutting jobs. in exchange the four main creditors and three major electronic manufacturing shareholders reportedly agreed to give financial support, totalling more than $1 billion. >>> nhk world reporter has been following the story. it, too, suffered from the earthquake and tsunami but what are other factors that affected renesas' decline. >> the main reason is electronic makers couldn't reach the global market. renesas customers, sony and sharp, those three companies are st
in a suburb of the u.s. city denver. a gunman open fire at the movie theater in aurora, colorado. police say 12 people are dead and 50 others are wounded. they've arrested a suspect. the shooting happened after midnight. people were watching the premiere of the new batman movie "the dark knight rises." police say the suspect held at least two guns. a local radio station reports he was wearing a gas mask and sent off a smoke or tear gas bomb. emergency crews have rushed the wounded to the hospital. the injured include those who got hurt while trying to escape from the theaters. this theater attack comes on the heels of a shooting in alabama earlier this week that wounded 17 people. >>> anti-government forces in syria are gaining more ground in the cam pab pain -- campaign to topple president bashar al assad's regime. they have been fighting on a number of fronts in the central part of the country and in the capital damascus. now they've seized several border crossings. the anti-government forces say they've taken control of some positions on the border with turkey. online video shows oppositi
by foreign minister arrived in cambodia on wednesday. he later held talks with chinese foreign minister. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton arrived on wednesday. the obama administration has shifted its focus towards the asia pacific. the region is now officially at the center of u.s. economic and military strategy. clinton's priority at the asean regional forum is to contain chinese moves in the south china sea. north korea's nuclear weapons program is expected to be a major talking point. we'll be reporting live again on thursday. so please join us then. reporting in phnom penh. japan and china have failed to narrow their differences over the islands in the east china sea. the state owns one of them. it's been renting the others from a japanese family since 2002. the islands are claimed by taiwan and china. also protested the entry of three chinese boats. the coast guard warned the boats to leave japanese territory but the chinese side reportly said they were engaged in legitimate duties. also referred to the government's negotiations to purchase some of the islands from their private
. they've been using something called a large hadron collider to track it down. the particle accelerator is a 27-kilometer looped pipe in a tunnel 100 meters underground beneath the swiss/ french border. scientists accelerate two beams of protons close to light speed, then fire them in different directions. the protons smash into each other creating a high energy reaction designed to simulate the big bang. from there, researchers analyze that numerous particles generated by the collision to try to find evidence of the higgs boson. >> peter higgs was in his 30s when it came up with his ground breaking theory. he's now 83 years old. the physicist was on hand for the announcement and said he thought he would never live to say this day. >> i would like to add my congratulations to everybody involved in this tremendous achievement. for me, it's really an incredible thing that's happened in my lifetime. it has taken -- >> scientists around the world also consider this find incredible. we spoke with two of japan's nobel winning physicists to explain. >> translator: if you take a close look at t
this story for us. we heard from some of these residents and they are angry. quite understandable in the wake of what happened at fukushima daiichi. shika has been operating for 20 years. why is the investigation process starting right now? >> gene, obviously the fukushima accident is one reason. the government ordered nuclear operators to make sure that the land under the plant is stable but the concern about the shika, this plant, pre-date last year's disaster. the power company applied for permission to build the plant in 1987. the document used for that application included figures showing the shapes and the locations of fracture running under the site. the company researcher said those fractures wouldn't pose a problem. the government approved the plan. in 2006 the government revised its quake, earthquake register guidelines for nuclear plants. the operator was ordered to examine active faults around the facility. the company's engineers carry out a drill survey in 2008 to reassess 20 faults near the shika plant. but for reasons unknown, they didn't include the fractures under question i
thein sein said they should use this week's meetings with china, the united states and japan and other countries to make progress on regional security. >> reporter: several southeast asian nations, including vietnam and the philippines are at odds with china over sovereignty of islands in the south china sea. the area is a potential source of oil and gas reserves. at monday's meeting, asean ministers agreed on the basic elements of the code of conduct. a draft of the code of conduct obtained by nhk says nations should respect international law. it adds that the coc should be a way of preventing conflicts and it also calls for a mech noimp review whether participating countries are following the coc. the foreign minister's discussions lasted for longer than scheduled, and in the end, they agreed on key elements of the coc, but failed to announce in joint communique on monday. that suggests differences of opinions exist between asean members. asean nations will bring the issue to the meetings with china over the coming days but it's unclear whether china will agree to start drafting the
offshore told us they're considering establishing a department for the investigation in the new regulation agency which is going to start in september. there are still more questions than answers when it comes to the nuclear disaster. we will keep fueling the investigation and evaluations. >> thanks very much for that, hiroshi. for today's nuclear watch. >> people in japan's northeast are focused on overcoming the challenges of the 2011 disaster but it won't be easy. they have to rebuild homes, businesses, entire communities. we'll show you their struggles and their successes on "the road ahead" every wednesday, 1:00 p.m. japan time on "newsline." >>> one of the highest ranking syrian defectors is visiting country, rallying support to bring down the government of bashar al assad. former brigadier general met foreign minister, they are believed to have discussed the possibility of cooperation between turkey and syrian defectors. he fled his country and sought asylum in france in early july. before arriving in turkey, he visited saudi arabia, he's trying to figure out where other nations wil
at fukushima daiichi. organizers say this rally was the biggest one so far. nhk world takes us there. >> reporter: they braved the heat and humidity to come out in historic numbers. these protesters in tokyo are demanding the government listen to citizens. tens of thousands of people are here to say no to nuclear power. >> translator: nuclear power is too dangerous for humans to deal with. >> reporter: people in japan found out how dangerous in march 11th, 2011. an earthquake and tsunami triggered exploegsss and a radiation leak at fukushima daiichi. the crisis at the facility is still ongoing. since then, japanese have held protest after protest urging the government to stop using atomic energy. a group of prominent figures called for this rally. among them, a nobel laureate and an academy award-winning musician. they told the crowd life and health are much more important than economic efficiency. organizers say about 170,000 people came out today to listen to the message and to raise their own voices. demonstrators demanded the government stop restarting nuclear plants and decommis
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